Can you imagine living in the most loving, fun and creative environment in which you can freely express yourself without being (or feeling) judged by other peoples opinions? That’s what Burning man is for me! Almost 70.000 people from all over the world come together to celebrate life, create an entire city in the middle of the desert for a week and live together in harmony. There’s so much to do and to see at this amazing festival; large art pieces are spread all over “the playa”, there are workshops, lectures, performances, yoga classes and lot’s of party’s with great DJ’s. And guess what? You don’t have to bring money anywhere since Burning Man is a gifting community; we all share what we have! Out of this world right?! You have to experience this at least once in your life; put in on your bucket list!
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The desert is quiet a harsh environment to submerge yourself in; temperatures rise to 100 degrees during the day and at night it can fall below 40 degrees. You get around by foot or by bicycle in the very dusty and windy open desert unless you get a ride or build an art car that is approved by the DMA (Department of Mutant Vehicles). Goggles and a dusk mask are basic necessities in this somewhat post-apocalyptic world.
Some people sleep in tents, others in the open air or in their car, but many people seem to enjoy the luxury of an RV. My hubby and I were “dry camping” out of our RV which means that there’s no water or electric hook up; you fill up the RV once before driving into the desert and that’s all you get. We had 66 gallons water available for 2 persons for 7 days and that includes showers and washing dishes. Normally at home a person uses 25 to 50 gallons for each shower! It was a challenge to be very conservative and smart about the use of water but surprisingly it worked out perfectly! It’s an amazing feeling to know that you can do with so much less.
One of the biggest benefits of camping out of an RV is that it has a fully equipped kitchen; Yes you know me; I stocked up the fridge and freezer with the best food and ate as good as I would at home. That’s what makes me a very happy camper 😉
I learned a lot from this trip, here are a few “camping cuisine” tips;
– I made a big pot of lentils, which proved a great basic as I was able to create 3 different meals from that.
– I brought 4-5 days worth of fresh produce, including some items that were not completely ripe, so they would ripen during the trip.
-Bring a blender: I brought my Vitamix (yes, I’m an addict 😉 ) and made lots of smoothies and delicious soups, a quick way to get lots of nutrition.
– Bring some frozen food for the days you don’t feel like cooking; I bought the most delicious Pad Thai at a favorite Thai restaurant and froze it, some lnsanely tasty ravioli and some frozen flaxseed breakfast waffles.
-Bring some canned food. I brought salmon, tuna, sardines and beans.
-Bring drinking water: We used a gallon per day for 2 persons.
What didn’t work: Don’t put things you don’t want to freeze in a cooler with dry ice. I made that mistake; a single layer of dry ice on the bottom froze everything rock hard and spoiled most of the fruit and potatoes I had in there.
I hope by sharing my adventures I’ve sparked your adventurous spirit!
Follow your heart , make things happen, live your dream!